Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, 2 saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” Matthew 2:1-2
We know very little about the wise men who came to Jerusalem. We know they brought three gifts but we don’t know how many were in their company. Some have suggested much more than three but no one really knows. They had a mission, and once they fulfilled their mission, they were out of the picture.
I recall the story of Oskar Schindler (of Schindler’s List fame) who was a poor businessman before and after he rescued many Jews during the Holocaust. We know of Schindler’s heroics but don’t know very much about his business. It was as if God had a very specific call on his life for a particular time frame. He didn’t know what it was until after it was over and he was back to his business.
What was the mission of the wise men? To worship the newborn Son of God. They just wanted to see the kid! They arrived in Bethlehem, worshiped, and left. We know nothing about these wise men before or after that moment in history. They had a specific job to do and did it. Even they might have questioned their visit while they returned home. After all, it was just a baby and they were men of influence.
But God raises up who He raises up and brings down who He brings down.
In the end, though, they just wanted to see the kid that they had heard about, the same kid they’d be talking about for the rest of their lives.